Year in Review 2017 (1)

By Firparkcorner
Last updated : 31 December 2017

2017 was another eventful year for Motherwell.  We changed managers, flirted with relegation, reached a major cup final and cashed in on our top striker.  The fan owned club is in good shape as we enter 2018.

The winter break ended with a cup and league double with Rangers.  We lost the cup game by conceding, in McGhee’s words,   “a ludicrous goal” but we were to get our revenge by the year end at Hampden.

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A late Moult goal saw us safe

Brill and Laing left while Griffiths, Jules and Frear arrived.  Pearson returned for his third spell at the club.

A win in Dingwall was to be our only joy as we built a string of losses that ran into March.   Mark McGhee was sacked at the end of February after four consecutive defeats that included 7-2 at Pittodrie and 5-1 to Dundee at Fir Park.  Stephen Robinson was given temporary control of the team.

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The threat of a play-off hung over the club through spring as poor form continued.

Match officials became blind to our ball crossing the goal line – three times!

We had a bottom six battle to avoid eleventh place but wins in Hamilton in front of a big ‘Well support and against Kilmarnock  led us to safety and finally ninth place.  Inverness were in the automatic relegation spot and Accies survived the play-off.

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No happy faces

Off the park the ‘Well Society continued to grow and the coffers began to swell as monthly pedgers increased.  Les Hutchison agreed to match income with as Double your Money scheme.

James McFadden left the club and Keith Lasley inherited the assistant’s job.  McManus ended his playing career in August to join the coaching staff and Craigan continued to look after the U20s.

The manager wasted no time in refreshing his squad in preparation for the new season.  Before the middle of June Rose, Bigirimana, Fisher, Carson and Tanner had signed and fans had a first look when we took on Stirling Albion for the first friendly on 1 July.

Year in Review 2017 part 2 

The Year in Review 2016

The Year in Review 2015

The Year in Review 2014

The Year in Review 2013

The Year in Review 2012

The Year in Review 2011

The Year in Review 2010

The Year in Review 2009

The Year in Review 2008

The Year in Review 2006

The Year in Review 2005

The Year in Review: 2004

The Year in Review: 2003

The Year in Review: 2002

The Year in Review: 2001

 

Motherwell Match Reports

Scottish Premiership Sat 30th December 15:00

Motherwell 1 - 3 Hamilton Academical

Last game - Match Centre


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